You’ve Gotta Try This: Bruce Springsteen’s SXSW Keynote Address

Listen: At SXSW, Bruce Springsteen On The Meaning Of Music : The Record : NPR.

I don’t believe in heaven, I don’t believe in hell and I don’t know if there’s a god up there.

BUT – I believe in Bruce Springsteen and I believe that with music comes absolution.

Bruce’s speech is funny, smart and so damn honest. The man puts all my feelings about music…hell, all my feelings about life into words. He takes this intangible snarl of static and stretches it out – like boardwalk taffy – until it’s linear and makes sense.

I’m seeing him in two weeks and my little heart almost can’t handle it.

I will be in the same room as this man. This amazing man whose words and music have changed my life. A man I believe in as much as I believe in the men I love.

If you love music in any capacity whatsoever. If it affects your life in any way — listen to this address.

I’m not saying it will change your life, but it warmed my soul.

And I’m the girl who doesn’t know if the human soul exists…until she listens to Bruce Springsteen.

You’ve Got To Try This: Dumb Things Americans Believe – Newsweek

Dumb Things Americans Believe – Newsweek.

Four out of five Americans know the Earth revolves around the sun.

FOUR OUT OF FIVE?! This isn’t a toothpaste preference; it’s basic science.

Stuff like this makes it so much easier to understand why Bill Hicks was so goddamn angry all the time…

You’ve Got To Try This: Huevos Rancheros from Jones

Huevos rancheros from Jones.
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And I mean that in the most literal sense possible.

Go now to Jones on Chestnut in Philadelphia.

It’s a Stephen Starr joint and features the best huevos rancheros I’ve ever had. EVER.

Fresh guacamole, lots of cheese, delicious roasted tomato salsa and the beans are perfectly seasoned. Here’s the thing – I don’t even really like black beans all that much, but  if it would have been socially acceptable to do so, I would have picked up my plate and licked it clean.

My only gripe (and this is more my fault because I didn’t specify) is that I prefer my eggs over-easy as opposed to over well.

Hands-down, the best in Philly. If you’re in the city of Brotherly Love, check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

You’ve Got To Try This: Jonathan Adler Manifesto

Keeping with the whole interior design thing, check out Jonathan Adler’s Manifesto.
I agree with pretty much all of it.


We believe that your home should make you happy.

We believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife is always right. Unless the husband is gay.

We believe in carbohydrates and to hell with the puffy consequences.

We believe minimalism is a bummer.

We believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing.

We believe tassels are the earrings of the home.

We believe in our muses: David Hicks, Alexander Girard, Bonnie Cashin. Hans Coper, Gio Ponti, Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman, Yves Saint Laurent, and Madonna.

We believe in the innate chicness of red with brown.

We believe in being underdressed or overdressed always.

We believe in infantile, happy emblems like butterflies and hearts.

We believe celebrities should pay full price.

We believe in rustic modernism: Big Sur, A-Frame beach houses, raw beams, and geodesic dome homes.

We believe in Palm Beach style: Louis chairs, chinoiserie, Lilly Pulitzer, The Breakers circa ’72.

We believe our designs are award winning even though they’ve never actually won any.

We believe in Aid to Artisans.

We believe dogs should be allowed in stores and restaurants.

We believe in mantiques – suits of armour, worn chesterfield sofas, heraldic tapestries.

We believe you should throw out your Blackberry and go pick some actual blackberries.

We believe colors can’t clash.

We believe in blowing your nest egg on our pots.

We believe our lamps will make you look younger and thinner.

We believe in irreverent luxury.